Designing Creative Routes with Road Draw: Climb Your Own Hills

Jun 22, 2017
Racing

Physics games are extremely popular for being able to leverage real life dynamics to create a captivating pastime. From those that utilize gravity to dictate how a ball flies through the air to those that determine if a bridge is able to hold the weight of the cargo that is passing over it, the software capabilities of mobile devices enable for sophisticated calculations in order to carry out the dynamics of the game. One such app that has utilized physics as a core driver of its gameplay is Road Draw: Climb Your Own Hills which allows players to experience complete control over their vehicle and its path.

As opposed to other 2D physics-based driver games which may be restricting to only let users determine the speed and jump of their vehicle while the terrain remains fixed, Road Draw: Climb Your Own Hills gives its players complete autonomy in how the vehicle operates. With the goal of making it as far as possible without destroying the vehicles, players must draw the road ahead to avoid obstacles and preserve the car. In doing so, the game becomes more than simply one that is about going forward and jumping, but requires a quick reaction time to ensure that the vehicle can make it through the obstacles in the way.

With enough experience and coins collected, the vehicle can be upgraded to better ones that allow for farther, more fuel efficient, and faster travels.

Although drawing the road ahead of the driver may seem to be a difficult task, it is one that is easy as all that is required from the user is to draw a line so that the vehicle has terrain to drive on. Beyond that,  Road Draw: Climb Your Own Hills is made more challenging by adding different obstacles in the way that restrict the players ability to get farther. For example, gas runs out and so the roads that are drawn must lead the car to gas jugs while coins can also be collected. With enough experience and coins collected, the vehicle can be upgraded to better ones that allow for farther, more fuel efficient, and faster travels.

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1Given that there are many other physics-based driving games available on the App Store, it can be difficult for Road Draw: Climb Your Own Hills to stand out from the competition. However, the ability to draw where the car goes as opposed to simply following the fixed-terrain brings a new dynamic to the app that makes it extremely interactive to play. Furthermore, despite leveraging sophisticated physics calculations, the game is one that is highly intuitive to begin playing with no instructions. Given that users simply need to draw a line ahead of the car, it becomes easy to understand without confusion when compared to other driver games.

Despite leveraging sophisticated physics calculations, the game is one that is highly intuitive to begin playing with no instructions

For a new twist on the typical go-and-stop games that has a car following a standard road, Road Draw: Climb Your Own Hills offers a dynamic alternative that allows players to draw the terrain for the vehicle to travel on. With this, the game is one that is more engaging, dynamic, and enables for creative solutions to be devised instead of being consumers of repetitive environments.

Available on iOS and Android.

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Kevin Chau

Following my passion in the realm of business and entrepreneurship, I am always eager to develop skills that enable me to learn, build, and grow. My previous projects, both academic and personal, reflect my dedication towards expanding and applying my theoretical knowledge for practical results in these fields.

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